School bomb threats out of hand

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

April 11, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Parents and teachers agree that bomb threats are out of control. Now there's a new plan to try to stop them in Richmond County.

With statewide CRCT exams coming up next week, administrators say they're expecting more fake threats. But this time they've got plans A, B and C already in place.

"Apathy is setting in," said Coach William Bishop of Morgan Road Middle School. "The cry wolf syndrome."

Coach Bishop says the school has had at least 30 fake threats this year, compared to just two last year. County-wide, the last tally is at 103.

"Initially we thought it's kids wanting to get out of assignments and tests, but now we have no clue why there's so many," Coach Bishop said.

So far it's cost Morgan Road Middle School at least 60 hours in class time.

It's also costing money. Bishop says he's heard estimates between $5,000 and 8,000 every time deputies, EMS, and bomb sniffing dogs check out a bomb threat.

It's why he's proposing a new plan for the board to try to diffuse the problem.

One of the suggestions is to slap the parents with the hefty bill. And the parents we talked to say they don't think it's such a bad idea.

"I take it very seriously," one parent, Miguel, told News 12. "You never know when it can happen."

Another idea is to use students on each other by offering them a cash reward to tell administrators who's pulling the prank.

But some say that could go both ways.

"If they tried to offer them money, they might just keep calling threats in so other kids can get the money," Coach Bishop said.

This is just a proposal at this time. At last night's school board meeting, they did pass a motion to get together with EMS and the sheriff's office to try to resolve the problem.


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  • by BLACKDUB Location: ODUB on Apr 17, 2007 at 08:55 AM
    WELL IM AT SCHOOL RIGHT NOW AND I THINK WE ARE HAVING A BOMB THREAT BECAUSE THEY JUST ANNOUNCED THAT WE ARE ON LOCK DOWN AND THAT DOGS WERE ABOUT TO COME IN THE BUILDING. BUT THIS HAPPENS JUST ABOUT EVERYDAY AT GHMS. ITS NOT ANYTHING NEW. THEY HAVE CAMERAS IN THE SCHOOL AND ON THE OUTSIDE WHY ARE THEY NOT USING THEM TO THIER ADVANTAGE. THEY JUST NEED TO WATCH THE MONITORS AND LOOK FOR ANYTHING THATS NOT NORMAL, AND JUST IGNORE THE BOMB THREATS, IT WILL SAVE A LOT OF MONEY AND TIME. ITS NOT LIKE THEY THINK THEYRE FOR REAL I MEAN IF THEY DID I WOULDNT BE ON THIS COMPUTER RIGHT NOW SO WE WOULD BE OUTSIDE. SO THATS MY OPINION AND I HAVE ANOTHER ONE TO REMEMBER BACK IN 2004 MAURICE WALKER SENIOR SHOT AND KILLED THAT TEENAGE BOY NAMED WILLIE DION JORDAN AND HE STAYED IN JAIL FOR ABOUT A WEEK AND THEN GOT OUT AND HE STILL HAS NOT BEEN TO COURT YET.SO IF HE IS NOT GETTING LOCKED UP THEN WHY IS MARK GRAHAM STILL IN JAIL FOR SHOOTING JOSHUA ALBRIGHT AND HE DID NOT EVEN DO ANYTHING THEY DONT HAVE ANY EVIDENCE AND THE WITNESS CANT GET THEIR STORY STRAIGHT SO WHY IS HE STILL IN JAIL AND HASNT BEEN TO COURT YET? GEORGIA NEEDS TO WORK ON THEIR SCHOOL, FOSTER CARE AND THEIR CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM.
  • by Jay on Apr 12, 2007 at 04:21 AM
    Parents should pay the bill for the fake call. Arizona has a "Stupid Law" where one is charge the cost of EMG service for doing stupid stuff which calling in bomb threats would fall under for that person or parents to pay for.
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